W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University

Subject: African American Research
Themes: 21st Century 20th Century 19th Century
Age groups: High School Homeschooling
Resource type: Websites

Harvard´s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is named after Harvard´s first African American PhD graduate. On the site, visitors can the Institute´s research projects and cutting edge publications, such as Transition and Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. The Institute is lead by well know, public scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host and narrator of the groundbreaking PBS series, African American Lives and African American Lives 2.

On the Du Bois Institute´s website you can read more about what it does and it´s history. Here is a summary from the website.

The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute is the nation's oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of Africans and African Americans. Named after the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1895), the Institute was established in May 1975 to create fellowships that would "facilitate the writing of doctoral dissertations in areas related to Afro- American Studies." Today, the Institute awards up to twenty fellowships annually to scholars at various stages of their careers in the fields of African and African American Studies, broadly defined to cover the expanse of the African Diaspora. The Du Bois Institute's research projects and visiting fellows form the vital nucleus around which revolve a stimulating array of lecture series, art exhibitions, readings, conferences, and archival and publication projects.